pru·ri·ent /'pru̇r-ē-ənt/ adj: marked by or arousing an unwholesome sexual interest or desire
pru·ri·ent·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective bawdy, carnal, coarse, concupiscent, cyprian, debauched, dirty, dissipated, dissolute, erotic, fleshly, foul, immodest, impure, indecent, lascivious, lecherous, lewd, libidinosus, libidinous, licentious, lickerish, lubricious, lustful, obscene, pornographic, ribald, salacious, satyric, shameless, smutty, suggestive, unchaste, unclean, unvirtuous, wanton associated concepts: pornography, prurient interests II index dissolute, immoral, lascivious, lecherous, lewd, salacious

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Showing excessive fascination with nudity, sexual matters, or excrement.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

adj. Characterized by shameful or inordinate sexual arousal or extraordinary sexual urges.
See also obscene.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


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